Attempted Kidnapping by Orange Glen High – Suspect in Custody

Thursday, August 31, 2017 At approximately 7:35 a.m. a 15 year old female student walking to Orange Glen High School in the 600 block of Linwood Street was grabbed by an unknown male. The student fought off the male and he fled from the scene. The student sought help from nearby citizens who followed the male suspect and provided a […]

City council votes 3-2 to negotiate library outsourcing contract

The city council “majority” that many claimed had already made up its mind about outsourcing (or privatizing) the Escondido Library Wednesday turned out to be not so monolithic, after all. Nevertheless, the result was the same. A deeply divided Escondido City council voted 3-2 to move forward with negotiations with Library Systems & Services to outsource Library services. Olga Diaz […]

Council did not prejudge library issue says Morasco

For months Mike Morasco was subjected to very nasty insinuations by email and social media that he had been colluding with other city council members to privatize the library. It doesn’t help that he is today being lionized by activists who hailed his “no” vote last Wednesday. For months, he has been trying to find out who said he supported […]

Roynon Museum prepares 3 fossils for ‘Badlands Collection’

The Roynon Museum of Earth Sciences & Paleontology on Grand Avenue in Escondido doesn’t have any skeletons in its closets, but it has them everywhere else. And this week it is working to add three extremely rare specimens to the “Badlands Collection.” Saturday the museum welcomed two colleagues on loan from the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park […]

Renovations are coming to the Capitol

~ Guest Opinion

As a member of the Joint Rules Committee, we have been tasked with directing an upgrade or replacement for the rapidly deteriorating State Capitol Building Annex. The building was designed in the late 40’s and completed in 1952 at a cost of $7.5 million.  Originally intended to house a part-time Legislature, the Annex is home to the offices of the […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: Re: “Activists worry library privatizing already decided” The lack of transparency from the Escondido City Manager and the majority City Council is truly disturbing and demonstrates the importance of one of the American Library Associations Policy statements that “privatizing the library threatens two pillars of public control: accountability and transparency”. Sadly, lack of transparency reigns in the halls […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: It’s terrible that basically the opinion of one person in Escondido, the city manager, is driving this ridiculous proposal to outsource our public library to a private company that in 30 years of business has barely garnered 20 contracts for service with a total of just 83 library buildings most of which are in just two counties, Riverside […]


Editor, Times-Advocate: The three Escondido City Council members Abed, Gallo and Masson should be ashamed of themselves. They voted to move forward with a plan to outsource the public library without weighing all options for the library and without considering the entire city services budget reduction. Instead they bulldozed ahead without exploring the possibility of entering the San Diego County […]

Sprinter travel schedules will change for Labor Day

On Monday, September 4, due to the Labor Day holiday, North County Transit District (NCTD) passengers should be aware of the following changes: BREEZE, COASTER, and SPRINTER will operate on a Sunday/Holiday Schedule LIFT will operate as it would on a Sunday/Holiday schedule FLEX will not operate Carlsbad Poinsettia & Sorrento Valley COASTER connection buses (Routes 444, 445, 446, 972, […]

Medical Examiner: pedestrian, meth deaths up in 2016

Pedestrian fatalities reached their highest number in decades, while methamphetamine-related deaths and homicides also increased last year compared to recent years. Those were among the findings noted in the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s just-released 2016 Annual Report. “These statistics closely follow trends reported in 2015,” said Dr. Glenn Wagner, the County’s Chief Medical Examiner.  “The report provides a view […]